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helping tenant who's are currently living in those types of spaces if they are forced out. >> rescues and mandatory evacuations as san jose deals with major flooding. a look ahead at what is expected to be a revised travel ban. plus, it's a small world for two bay area people who met online and discovered they had one very unusual thing in common. ♪[music] >> starting you off this morning on the nine with a live look at a situation we have been monitoring throughout mornings on 2. starting at 4:00 a.m., here is the good news about what is happening on highway 101. two lanes of traffic are getting buy. this is in the area of 880 and the 280 interchange. we had this live for you during the morning news. southbound traffic still at a
stand still. no one getting through this area southbound. that is causing a lot of people to find other ways to get to work and school this morning. >> the city of san jose is under a local weather emergency. 14,000 people have been told to evacuate living there along or near the coyote creek. another 36,000 people advised to flee their homes as a precaution. standing water closed the closure of 101 near 880. or near 280/680 split. all of this because of recent rains and the overflow from the anderson reservoir that have caused coyote creek to swell up and crest at historic levels. >> this is the area we're talking about. the orange section on the left hand side of the screen is the area under evacuation advisory. it includes coyote creek north of 280 all the way south of 237. and the map on the right is specifically the area under mandatory evacuation just south of highway 101 to north of interstate 280. >> i had dreams about my house
flooding overnight. this is flooding that we -- we haven't seen. we all grew up here. it's been decades since this has happened. >> i have never seen it. i have been doing this job for a very long time. i have never seen it that way in san jose. one of the thing that people are concerned about is the water is contaminated. >> large pieces of debris in the water. >> highway 37, we didn't even mention that. it has been closed for a long time. >> the rain has stopped and it is bright and sunny. but that doesn't mean that the problems are over. it has forced evacuations overnight. we will bring in allie rasmus now in san jose. you have been there all morning. give us an update on the flooded street behind you. it was flooded earlier on. >> reporter: right. well the water level has receded quite a bit since we got here two hours ago. we're standing on the corner of south 21st street and east
williams. part of the intersection are still under water. you can see for yourself over here. but earlier this morning, we couldn't see much of this yellow line that is right in the middle of the street. if we pan the camera off to the right to get a better view of east williams street. where the man is standing, you couldn't stand there without getting your feet soaking wet a couple hours ago. the water level is going down. however, this neighborhood and several others near coyote creek are under mandatory evacuation orders. a total of 14,000 residents were impacted by the evacuation orders that were updated at 10:00 last night. as of 8:30 this morning, those evacuation orders are still in effect. we had a chance to drive through the neighborhood this morning. this is the brookwood terraca irthat suffered a lot of flood damage. the evacuation orders stand because even though it is sunny and there are no clouds in the sky, anderson reservoir is still pouring water into coyote
creek. that's what flooded yesterday. and those waters continue to flow. although the flood water levels have receded. this neighborhood is part of the 100-year floodplain. i spoke with one neighbor who lives near brookwood avenue. he said his neighbors described water seeping through the floorboards and the carpet in their homes on that street. a short time later, the fire department went down the street in a boat checking house to house to make sure that everybody had gotten out okay. i spoke to one resident who had to evacuate at a moment's notice. at 6:00, everybody started panicking and he didn't get much notice when it was time to leave. >> it was crazy because my truck actually stalled down the street. like i got out. the water was maybe up to my waist. and it just -- it was crazy. it was kind of like a horror movie. you don't know what to do. and everything is gone. my car is gone. everything is destroyed.
>> reporter: now, the elementary school in this neighborhood is close to coyote creek. it is one of five schools in the san jose neighborhoods affected by flooding that are closed today. san jose high school, crystal rey high school, mckinley elementary and rocket ship charter school are all closed. orliner elementary, the teachers said that the flood reached a couple of the classrooms. there is flood damage at the school. back out here live, you're looking at the bridge in the distance beyond the orange cones. that is where coyote creek runs. that's why this neighborhood was so directly impacted by the flooding that happened around here in coyote creek yesterday. i want to pointed out this home right next to this gray house right here on the corner of south 21st and william. that is the home of the young man you heard from a short time ago who said he had to get out
in a moment's notice and his truck stalled. he and his family are okay. they were able to take their pets and a few personal belongings but they went back to take a look and the home has flood damage. on the bright side, he has flood insurance. again, this is part of the 100 floodplain area. the hope is that a lot of the homeowners here have flood insurance to handle some of the problems. back to you guys. >> allie rasmus reporting live in san jose. thank you, allie. part of 101 in san jose which has been shut down due to flooding is open. alex savidge has been there all morning long. you went to no traffic to some traffic getting by. >> reporter: yes. certainly sal the situation improving here on highway 101 in san jose. unfortunately it didn't start to get better until we were done with the heart of the morning commute and really traffic in this area was just a nightmare for people with a full freeway closure. you can see now that we have the two right hand lanes open in the northbound direction of
highway 101. the rest of the lanes still are closed down though. and of course the situation a lot better than that full freeway closure that we had earlier this morning. take a look at what this scene looks like this morning. all of the lanes of the freeway under water. and 101 was shut down in both directions overnight and into the early morning hours because of this flooding. it was closed between 880, the junction with 880 and the 280/680 junction. again, within the last hour and a half or so, they started to reopen some of the lanes as the water began to recede. i spoke with the chp sergeant just minutes ago and he told me they will be reopening more lanes as soon as possible. >> as soon as i can get a car through anywhere that i can get a car through, i want to push traffic out. i wanted to see if it was six inches deep or a foot deep. could a car make it. when i realized that the water recedes enough to get cars through here, we will get cars through here.
>> reporter: and, again, caltrans has been working through the morning hours trying to pump the water out of here. this is a known trouble spot. it is obviously a low point in the freeway here. they have had flooding here before. but the sergeant that i works in the san jose area says they have never seen the situation like this, with this much standing water on the freeway. the next thing that is going to happen is right here, we're standing in the southbound lanes of highway 101. the next thing that the sergeant told me is they will start getting cars through here on the shoulder, the left hand shoulder of southbound 101 so they can get some relief here because the traffic situation here in the south bay is just really been a nightmare. they've had awful traffic, major backups here because of the full closure. the next step in the process, they will start getting a few cars through in the southbound direction. again, two northbound lanes of highway 101 already back open after this morning's flooding. we will send it back to you guys. >> if the shoulder is dry, use
it. i'm on board with that. thank you, alex. >> let's go to steve paulson. how much participation out there right now. >> thank goodness. >> yes. >> there's a lot of snow up in the mountains. that has tailed off any precip. we may have a little bit today. yosemite captured this picture at the residence. 137 inches of snow on the ground this morning. and there are -- there's a -- you go up higher and you find a lot more than that for sure. there are multiple sites here. this one and another one are about the best. all observations are showing that the creek has peaked and heading down. flood stage 14.2 at that site. coyote creek at edenvale has peaked out at 14.4. flood stage is 10. major flood stage is 14. at least we're seeing a downward trend here. quiet but there are a few
showers kind of flirting, if you will, right along the san mateo, santa cruz coast. don't think they will do much but they're there. another batch coming right down out of the north that could clip mendocino county and lake county. we could get a few showers in northern sonoma county and napa county later today. mostly cloudy skies this afternoon. and again, there won't be a lot of rain. there could be a few. we are getting a break for a few days. until the weekend, which is still kind of iffy where it will set up. it may go south or along the coast. >> thank you, steve. >> all week long, ktvu has been working on a series of stories about bay area infrastructure. one of the most visible examples of that is mass transit, especially rail. >> reporter: the $5.5 billion
smart train comes to marin and sonoma counties late this spring. it will start operation from the bay point transfer station in late 2017 to antioch. this $5.25 billion was chosen because it cost half of extending bart service. voters approved a new $3.5 billion bond bart measure. >> you know, it's always an incredibly difficult decision to ask voters for new money. >> reporter: bart originally designed to carry 50,000 daily passengers carries 400,000 passengers. this will increase it to 650,000 passengers. >> we will replace track and electrical systems that were first installed in the 1960s. >> reporter: the doctor a transit finance expert at the san jose based transportation institute says people will pay
for transit they think provides a necessary and positive benefit. >> overwhelmingly they say yes. you tend to get 75% or more people saying yes, that's a priority. i want to see that happen. >> reporter: even if they don't ride it themselves, they see it as a travel option and a way to decongest roadways just as bart does. >> we're going to continue to need additional resources as we continue to grow. >> reporter: the controversial high speed rail project does not enjoy nearly the support that local transit does that raises two questions, can it survive and just as importantly will it have a negative impact on local transit when if asks for more money. >> with high speed rail, it is harder for many californians to envision who is actually going to use it, is it really going to benefit me even if i don't use it. >> reporter: like all mega projects such as the new bay bridge and boston's big dig, high speed rail is such a large
project that the real cost is hard to pinpoint. what voter as proved in 2006 was a $45 billion project. that was before the great recession and almost a decade of inflation. now 64 billion is more like it and the federal government is now waiverring. >> with these very large projects like high speed rail, it is very hard to stop once you get started. nobody sees that as a feasible option. >> reporter: high speed rail may be beyond the point of no return. >> tom's next piece will mow cuss on potholes and will air tonight at 5:30. we have heard from viewers about more potholes on the roads with the recent storms. >> we made that the question of the day. which do you think is the worst area for potholes? san francisco city streets i'm assuming. and 101 north near candlestick. >> nor cal nick says city streets, oakland. 880 in oakland. i'm sensing a theme here.
>> kevin says 880 probably. there is a giant one on 680 by the 24 interchange. >> we will keep checking your responses throughout the day and share them with you at 9:30. the hashtag is #ktvuthenine. we are learning more about the revision of president trump's travel ban. what is being done differently this time around.
>> president trump is about to shallu another executive order to revise his controversial temporary refugee and travel ban. the white house says the same seven mostly muslim countries will be targeted in the ban. they are coming up with new language to get it through the courts. >> they have taken the 9th circuit's opinion, an opinion in brooklyn and in virginia and they found all of the things
that the judges said are problematic with the executive order and they will address them. >> reportedly the new order will include ex solutions for people who have travel visas, green card holders and dual u.s. citizens. we're happy to have a professor of law from uc hastings on the line. thank you for coming back. in response to the revised travel ban, do you expect the administration to roll it out in some sense? a lot of the outrage came from the fact that it was signed and went into effect. president trump didn't want to give the bad guys advanced notice. do you expect rolling out in stages instead of a straight here it is. >> it might be a rolling out? stages. for the courts and there will be judicial review of whatever happens. it will make little difference. the issue isn't the timing but the substance. >> when it comes to the law, are they going to look at the face of it or try and devise intent. can the judges say i know what you mean here even though it's not in the face of the law. are they going to look at it at
face value. >> what the court said in the previous installment is they look beyond the four corners of the document at what might have inspired the document. at least in the 9th circuit decision it was obvious there was racial animals that could be assumed based on everything surrounding the ban. i don't see the litigation regarding what comes out next will be any different. >> this would not be difficult to beat in court if it went to the revised version. >> i think it depends a lot on the phrasing and the work of the lawyers. i find it difficult to envision a situation like this that actually prevents people holding legal work visas and green carding from coming into the country that will pass constitutional muster. it is not impossible. lots of different circuits. it's no coincidence that the previous installment happened in the 9th circuit which is the court that is more on the progressive side. it really is -- it really is a good question. >> professor, if we could move to two memos released by the
homeland of security to release more border patrol officers and those removed that have been convicted of crimes. the second one, isn't that an enforcement of an existing law or something new. >> yes and no. it is something new in the sense that it vastly expands the scope of the people we're looking at. and this is all -- one of the issues is the question of whether we need to fear immigrants because they commit crime. what is going on is there is this strong nexus that this memo is trying to create between immigrants and crime by adding more categories of crime, including petty crime, including traffic offenses and things like that into the things that merit deportation. what we know and this is a consensus among everybody who studies immigration, immigrants on average commit less crime than the native born and they are less of a threat to us and to our safety. >> instilling fear that more people would be going into hiding. >> we are already seeing the
effects of this. people are entering this kind of protective mode and concern about raids and the and the -- i mean, the administration is trying to present this as basically the and the to allow ice to do their job and allow them to capture people that they can capture technically any way. there is a difference between technical law and how it is applied. >> do you find there's been a big conflict between the executive branch powers and the judicial branch powers with this president more than we have seen in past administrations. >> i think if anything what this conflict has taught us in the last few weeks and how important it is to have an independent judiciaries that can examine these things without fear of retaliation. >> sanctuary city and state, how does it figure into the plans. >> immigration is within the purview of the federal government. the federal government can't comendeer state resources to do their job. if they don't want to
cooperate, theroux blamed to give the city or town money to do the task. this is why we're seeing big variation between different states and different cities and how enthusiastically or antagonistically they have approached the orders. >> the federal government can't legally go after the city that's refuse to cooperate. >> what the federal government can't do is force the cities to cooperate like they did in arizona. they could retaliate against the cities in terms of budgetary things. that is unconstitutional and sneaky side. >> there have been threats about withholding funding. >> yes. and we already have municipalities against the administration. >> thank you, professor. coming up, what oakland administrator getting a pay raise. we will tell you why her salary is connected to that of the incoming police chief. ktvu has been sitting down with the mayors of the three biggest cities.
>> with all of the flooding we have seen, we definitely have seen san jose marry sequentially on the front lines of flooding and evacuations in the south bay. i sat down with the mayor to talk about his top three priorities for the year ahead. >> every couple months we will have a reason to be here talking. >> sam liccardo took the long way to get to ktvu's studios in oakland. >> you left san jose and went to san francisco and then to oakland. what was the drive like. >> less than pleasant. >> transportation is one of his top priorities for 2017. the bart extension into san jose in the short term and ultimately what he calls the grand central station in the south bay. >> we have never had a real transit network. the opportunity to have seven different transit lines all with that kind of connectivity.
as we're able to connect the transit, it becomes more meaningful for folks. what they see is a patch work rather than a network. >> how far out is that vision of grand central station on the west coast. >> the good news not as long off as you might think. in november we will be opening bart in north san jose. that is cause for celebration. we certainly won't stop there. within a decade, assuming all of the construction schedules move as we hope and the funding moves as has been promised, we could have all seven lines i'm talking about bart, ace, high speed rail, caltrans, et cetera on board. >> affordable housing is another issue. >> there is not a lot of opportunity for working class, middle class families to move in. and we've got to change that. >> the mayor says he is working to remove obstacles to development, cutting develop's fees to increase supply. >> what we see in terms of the
demographics and the demand, the 20 and 30 somethings that are driving so much of the change of the workforce today and certainly the innovation in the companies they are not looking for larger households or big suburban homes. they want to live in a walkable community. they're happy in the urban environment. that's we where need to think about how we build up rather than out. >> the mayor's final priority is public safety and rebuilding the police department with pay increase and special incentives for former police officers who left the force in recent years when officers pay and benefits was well behind other departments. the mayor and police are also turning to the public for help to combat gang violence that often starts very early on. >> i never quite got over the idea of seeing a young 14 or 15- year-old in handcuffs. that is so deeply disturbing to think about. everything that a parent cares about and wants for their child
and how it can be completely destroyed in that way. we've got to do more to get to our kids before the gangs do. >> for example, the mayor says some 1200 teens in gang impacted neighbors will get their first job this work through san jose works. the san jose promise will help pay for college for students who might not otherwise go. and very low cost programs too can have a big impact such as coffee with a cop in neighborhoods where language barriers or cultures or race might prevent an easy relationship with police. >> having half a dozen officers in there, having conversations with community members, it goes a long way when someone knows that they have a business card of somebody that they can call the next time that hear about an issue in the community. >> do you find those events attract -- are you preaching to the choir with them. >> i think it is important to keep in mind that the teacher or the shop keeper can easily become alienated and frustrated by a lack of communication.
and a lack of relationship. and those are the folks you cannot lose. right. you've got to have the parents, the teachers, those who are most deeply invested in the communities working with you. >> that cooperation says the mayor makes for better policing and a safer community. >> you have spoken to all three bay area mayors. >> right. >> did they all mention transportation. >> you bet they did. it is a regional issue. the fact that it came from san jose over to oakland, that is a long drive as you know. the connectivity, you both know this, i'll get on bart if i don't have to plan a muni stop. one is kind of the threshold. will i get in my car or jump on public transit. right now i don't have an easy way to get to the south bay from the east bay where i live. transportation, homelessness, economy, housing. >> for me it was interesting that he mentioned transportation first. >> uh-huh. >> and then later on in his
piece he talks about public safety. not that it is just as important. but he mentioned transportation. i like the fact that he is talking about community policing. >> very much so. >> i heard that before in other cities. >> and retaining the officers. >> san jose lost so many police officers. and the former san jose police officer who's are coming back are getting a little something to sweeten the deal. he realizes you need officers out on the streets but it is up to the well meaning parent or the concerned shop keeper because you can't have a police officer everywhere. >> thank you, gasia. >> it was my pleasure. coming up on mornings on 2 the nine, we will share a late night vote to become a sanctuary city. hundreds of people affected by the flooding down here in san jose. the community has rallied together and brought in a lot of donations.
>> 9:32. checking your responses and looking for the #ktvuthenine. today we're focusing on potholes. we got a ton of responses when we asked which of the roads has the most potholes. montague expressway to 880. oak street to 880 outside of the station. potholes galore. >> jim says 580 west over the pass. we have heard about that. >> big one. >> mission and hayward. omg, just drive it to a street. i'll take your word for it. >> kathleen says worst potholes 101 near san mateo. hayward. a lot of oakland and
some san francisco. but really a lot of east bay stuff. that's where all of the crowds are. >> right. >> i know that oakland has a plan to pave -- 14 miles of city streets. that is coming in the future. >> good news. >> small consolation to you this morning. we appreciate your answers and the use of the hashtag tvuthenine. evacuations remain in effect for those living along the coyote creek. >> san jose has opened up a couple of emergency shelters. paul chambers is joining us live at the high school there. paul. >> reporter: i'll tell you what, the power of the media. we are doing a good thing this morning. i talk today a couple people who said they watched what we were talking about and heard about the donations and decided to bring things in. that's a good thing. they tell me that 164 people stayed here last night because of the flooding. we can take a look at some video right here. most people say they barely had enough time to grab basic
necessities after orders were issued for hundreds of residents in the southern part of san jose due to the flooding in coyote creek. some people were rescued by rafts and there was a local emergency declared. the red cross sprang into action, setting up several shelters. of course clothing was provided. the red cross provides medical services for those staying at the shelter. volunteers say donations large and small poured into the evacuation center after they were inspired to give back after seeing the flooding and rescues on tv. >> i actually walked in volunteering. i wasn't on the list to be called. and so i just kept seeing the disasters over the course of the day, trying to call red cross to get in to help. and i just couldn't sit back anymore. i had to come out and do something. >> all through the night, the last night, we had the community coming in, dropping off donations. and it goes straight to the residents here.
>> now, red cross officials say 111 people stayed at the high school. they're asking for items for kids and toddlers, baby bottles and car seats and suitcases if you can help. just in time, more donations this time from the salvation army. everybody is doing their part to help out. i'll tell you what, coming up at noon, i met this little kid who inspired me. he inspired a lot of people. he says a lot of the kids in here were his classmates so he had to give back. you will love to hear his story at noon. >> very nice. we look forward to it, paul. thank you. we will mention quickly we learned that the san jose mayor will be speaking live on the evacuations, on the flooding. that is happening at 10:00 this morning. we decided to extend the nine and we will bring that to you live when it starts at 10:00 on fox 2. san jose fire crews have much to do before the evacuees can go back home. flood waters from coyote creek are badly polluted and are
urging people to stay away from the flooded area. saying several factors are making the water very dangerous. >> there could be sewage coming up from the sewer pipes that are now under water. it could be gasoline and motor oil and transmission fluid from the cars under water, battery acid from the cars. and any other chemicals in the houses is now in the water. >> firefighters say anyone be who comes in direct contact with the water should check with medical personnel about decontamination and a tetanus shot. waterman engineers told the mercury news that the release began january 9th from an outlet at the bottom of the dam. saturday they started sending water over the spillway. that hadn't happened in more than a decade. they hoped to preserve as much drinking water as possible. 50 is one of the two main highways along with interstate 80 to the tahoe area.
yesterday a giant sink hole brought down at least 25 feet of the highway. caltrans says the partial closure will be in effect for at least several months. >> what has gone on here there's been erosion down below and the slope is affecting the highway up here on top. >> and interstate oath oath is back open in the sierra after it was shut down due to white- out conditions. it stranded many drivers. the road reopened late last night but chains are still required. the road to kirkwood is still closed according to our friend coop. he says caltrans plans to reopen the road sometime this morning. back here in the bay area, specifically the east bay, niles canyon road remains closed because of storm and flood debris. people near alameda creek says it is running as full as they can remember. caltrans is working hard to continue clean-up efforts on niles canyon road and will try
to have that done to reopen for the evening commute. for more on some of the other headlines we have been working on, let's go to dave clark in the news room. >> thank you, sal. authorities in whittier california now building a case against a gang member accused of shooting and killing a police officer on monday and wounding another officer. the suspect michael christopher m a.j. ea is in the hospital after being shot by police. he is a career felon was arrested five times in the past seven months for probation violations. on monday, police say that he killed his cousin, stole his cousin's car and then rear- ended another car. when police rushed to the crash scene, he started shooting, killing veteran officer keith boyer. the police are angry that he was released on probation under a controversial reform measure that let the county instead of the state supervise him. the city of san leandro officially declares itself a
sanctuary city. the resolution was passed late last night that will prevent the police from working with federal immigration agents. san jose and san francisco have been sanctuary cities for a long time. a number of cities also approved similar resolutions. president trump signed an executive order that would cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities and bay area cities could possibly lose millions of dollars. the principal of a berkeley special ed school is recovering after one of the students stabbed her. berkeley police say 20-year-old angel juarez stabbed the principal of the via center and then ran away. the school was put on lockdown. the principal was rushed to the hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. juarez was spotted two miles away by the chp and ktvu was there as he was taken into custody. the investigation continues. and testimony continues in
the sierra lamar murder case. yesterday attorneys heard from the ex-girlfriend of garcia- torres, the accused killer. but they say she told conflicting stories. now, in court the ex-girlfriend claimed on the day that sierra lamar disappeared, she went to do laundry at her mother's house and garcia-torres dropped her off. prosecutors say she never told investigators that she was with garcia-torres that morning. garcia-torres is charged with the kidnapping and killing of sierra lamar even though they are body has not been found. he is also charged with trying to kidnap three other women. those are just some of your morning headlines from our news room. mike, sal, gasia, i'll send it back to you. >> thank you, dave. the san francisco police department is rolling out a new security system to keep better tabs on officers computer activity. this comes in the wake of the san francisco police department's racist texting scandal and a review that said
that it needed to monitor electronic devices more. tara moriarty is live from the hall of justice to explain. >> reporter: we're talking about the department now knowing who did what on which device and when. this effort is going to track better the movements on internal computers, printouts and even photocopying. now, a lot of members of the department say that they are not happy about this what they term as an invasion of privacy. this exact effort has been implemented in nypd and anticipated that many helps of the force here in san francisco of 2300 members will switch to their private cell phones in order to avoid being watched. the plan is one piece of the department's reform efforts. and the new policy will be advising officers that there is no right to privacy on any department device or in any facility. now, while the goal is supposedly to keep confidential information private, many are concerned that it is a way to keep an eye on officers and
potential leakers and whistleblowers which in turn obviously would reduce transparency to the public. sfpd says the effort is for security and reform. in order to research people such as ex-girlfriends. also making headlines in san francisco, starting next month, water officials will be blending some groundwater in with the city's tap water. the san francisco public utility commission says the water will not taste any different. the first year they will mix in 3%. by the fourth year they will add in the maximum 15% of groundwater. even though the reservoir is not at risk of running low on the water, the city tells the chronicle that mixing in some groundwater will relief future drought worries. i'm tara moriarty, back to you.
>> thank you, tara. ann kirkpatrick takes over on monday. he will receive an $8,000 raise boost in her salary to $291,000 under city policy which calls for managers to receive more money than the people they supervise. we're now learning what apple's new campus in cupertino will be named and when it will be open. apple park will be ready for employees to move in come april. it it is a space ship like building that will be home to 12,000 workers. it will take months to move into the campus. the 2.8 million square feet will feature a big theater with thousands of seats and will be named steve jobs threatner memory of steve jobs who would have turned 62 by the way on friday. if you have dreams of becoming an overnight
millionaire, you might want to go out and buy a powerball ticket. the jackpot has climb today $403 million for tonight's drawing. the winner could opt for a lump sum payment of close to $250 million. the drawing is at 7:59 our time. >> do you mr. i. >> i will play tonight. >> really? >> yeah. >> i'm not going to waste my dollar. >> coming up on mornings on 2 the nine, i love this story. it's the story that brought love to one couple and reunited two related cats. the couple and the cats join us on the set after the break. the couple will explain. the cats will just sit there and be cute. that's what cats do.
>> if you want to talk about a small world, listen to this, brian and kathleen met online and went on a first date. they immediately hit it off and thought everything was perfect until kathleen went to brian's house. >> she got a look at his cat and accused him of having her cat. it turns out that the two had adopted cats from the same shelter that are brothers. >> it was meant to be. they're joining us this morning. kathleen, look, when i think back to my dating days, you don't want to appear crazy. how much time was it between your realization of when you verbalized it. >> instantly. >> i went instant crazy. >> i thought it was crazy. i was red flag crazy.
i didn't know what to expect. >> the crazy ones are the best. am i right? >> you never know. you never know. i don't know. >> you see the cat. at what point -- tell the story from there at that point. >> so i saw the cat and i just started yelling that's my cat. that's my cat. and he was like no, that's my cat. and from there i said, you know, i wouldn't let it go. i wouldn't let it go. i kept going. >> she kept going on about it. i was wondering why is she talking about the cat? nothing else to talk about. and she just said that's my cat. and i said no way. it couldn't be your cat. >> i got my cat here. oh, i got my cat here. did you trace back the lineage. >> later we did. right that moment. we were enjoying our date. >> how much later was it. >> the next day. >> the next day. >> and then you found out that you were at the same shelter. >> right. >> that's where you got the cat. >> when you went home and made sure that you still had your cat. >> exactly. that's what i did. i showed him the cat and he was like oh my gosh. that's my cat. >> you obviously have hit it
off. what about the brothers when they first met each other? what was that like. >> only two meetings so far. that is yet to be seen. >> okay. >> got it. >> but they haven't been growling or anything. they kind of seem familiar which is really weird. normally when you introduce cats they're hissing. >> yeah. >> and freaking out. they actually have been really cool. just kind of circling around each other and doing what cats do. behaving. >> i'm a big believer when it comes to human relationships in fate and destiny. was this a sign of, oh, my gosh, this was meant to be? >> oh, yeah. >> definitely. >> definitely. >> absolutely. >> okay. >> completely. >> if your daughters wanted to come over, you can come over. what are the cats' names. >> ozzy. >> and butter. >> do you want to come over here. >> come over here. >> gasia is allergic to cats. >> i actually am. but i love a good love story.
>> bring them over. the first date before you even knew the cats, where was that. >> i was at cafe joe in petaluma. >> who picked that. >> i did. >> it's a great italian restaurant. >> and i know you thought it was meant to be when you heard about the cats. do you think on that first date, brian, it was instantly. >> instantly. when she walked in i knew right away. when she started talking, the personality was amazing. >> i can't tell them apart. they look so much alike. >> can you tell them apart right now? do you know who is who. >> i think that is ozzy. >> yeah. he has the slit on the year. >> oh. >> we had a banner up a second ago that said a purrfect match. i'm sure that your friends are going to town about this.
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use bathrooms and locker room that's match their chosen gender identity. the decision is a reversal of a direct initiative by president obama in may that required public schools to grant bathroom access even if student records differ or others are uncomfortable. the white house says that president trump believes the issue is for the states to decide. this is new information in the past half hour. we're working to learn what changes this might prompt in california. back to the top story we have been covering all morning is the problems caused by the flooding in san jose. is the he eunder a local -- under a local emergency evacuation. another 36,000 people are being advised to leave their homes as a precaution. standing water flooded a section of highway 101, closing that highway near the 280/680 interchange. >> a couple of the northbound lanes have been reopened. but southbound lanes are still
closed at least until 10:30. the city has opened two drop-in shelters. there are also two overnight shelters operated by the red cross at evergreen valley and james lick high schools. all of this because of recent rains and the overflow from anderson reservoir has caused coyote creek to flood. >> it includes the entire area from coyote creek north of 280 all the way south to 237. a map on the right there is specifically the area under mandatory evacuation. south of 101 and north of 280. >> as you know 101 this morning has -- was flooded. but now it looks like all of the lanes are open along northbound 101. that railroad bridge that you see there is right where the water was. there's a dip in the freeway there and the water had come
down. it does look like southbound lanes on the left, southbound heading down towards 680, those are still closed. but all of the northbound lanes heading away from 280 and getting up to the airport are open. this will be a big relief obviously for the traffic in the area. however we want the southbound lanes to be reopen in time for the afternoon commute where most of the traffic is going the other way. >> let's go ahead and mention real quick here that we are going to stay on past 10:00 because san jose mayor sam liccardo will be speaking live any minute. we are going to stay on and bring that to you live on ktvu fox 2. we have seen him at the mobile park that was flooded talking about flooding and evacuations. the pictures that we have been bringing you is incredible. people being rescued by firefighters. >> paul chambers has been at james lick high school, one of the emergency shelters that has been set up. paul, i want to ask you, how many people would you say are there currently right now? right now? >> reporter: i would say there's a little more than 100
people here right now. there was 165 overnight they said. then they had 111 at the other shelter nearby. when i walked in a little bit ago, people were eating breakfast, waking up and doing the normal routine. it is a little different because where they maybe would go to work or school they're not doing that right now because they're trying to get everything together. the one positive thing, there have been so many people from the community donating items and gifts and making sure that people have a smile even though they can't have what they normally would have at home. >> paul, right now, is the school out of session or in session? >> reporter: school is not in session. school is not in session luckily. everglade is also not in session. if needed if it goes onioned this week, they will relocate somewhere else just in case. >> i was wondering in regards to come monday where the individuals who are staying there at the high school, where are they -- where will they be able to go to if they don't
have friends and family. >> paul, who have bringing in supplies, who is bringing in the food and maybe some of the toiletries. they had to leave their house on short notice. who is helping out there, the red cross. >> reporter: the red cross, the salvation army and the community, you guys. people who just said they seen us talk about it on air. they heard some of the things that they were requested and i said they need today bring in. they told me they would like them to bring in and they just did it. they know what it's like. they know that this could be them at one time. so they're bringing in baby bottles and socks and games. they're bringing in toys. just the little basic things that a lot of people take for granted. when you don't have a house, you don't have those items. they want to help out as much as possible. giving from within because it is the right thing to do. >> paul, yesterday when we had this as live coverage, people being rescued by boat out of their houses. they had blankets and backpacks
on. you are given minutes what you can to grab what you need and go. medication is another big concern. >> reporter: yeah. medication is a major concern. i talked to a volunteer nurse in here. basically a lot of them doent have their medication. some people have been without it for 24 hours. she is basically carting people around trying to get the items that people need and trying to get the basic things. if you have high blood pressure or whatever items you need, that's what they're spending the morning doing. the community giving back to your neighbors. it is times like that, it takes tragic incidents but this is when the communities build and comes together. that's the great thing about the bay area. >> this is a good reminder for all of us. we are suppose today have a go kit by the door. plus 72 hours of food, medication, clothing, et cetera. so many of us don't have those things. now is a good time to make sure that we have it by the front door. >> exactly. especially medication. like a go bag for your kid. moms and dads, you have your
diaper bag. when you leave in a rush, you're not thinking about packing it. the basic things that you put in a diaper bag or your kid's bag, have that next to your earthquake kit. it is not always an earthquake as the natural disaster. >> paul, stay with us for a second. we are awaiting the mayor of san jose news conference that is expected to start at any moment in regards to all of the flooding that has been taking place there in his city. and i believe i read something where he says we don't want to start monday morning quarterbacking. through are questions and maybe he will be asked, is there a way this could have been prevented. obviously you have the weather. the reservoir fills up. >> right. >> but were the releases made at the appropriate time? could they have been made earlier, minimal ones even to prevent the flooding or maybe there wasn't a way to do that. >> i'm also watching the commute here. i have the chp site pulled up